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Song to Song – EIFF 2017 Review

Song to Song is both very similar and very different to Terrence Malick’s small but precious early filmography. Touring musicians BV (Ryan Gosling) and Faye (Rooney Mara) are identifiable as Bill and...
Alien Covenant

Alien: Covenant – Review

If to err is human, then Ridley Scott’s aliens are perfection. But as Covenant proves emphatically, perfection isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. What a machine might view as imperfect emotions, like fear...
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Trespass Against Us – Review

Trespass Against Us is a global tale told on a local scale in the ruralness of Gloucestershire. With shades of The Godfather, it's a study in the complex bonds of masculinity and patriarchy as Chad...
Assassin's Creed

Assassin’s Creed – Review

For an adaptation such as this, the stonefaced take is bold and offers the film respectability and weight. Heavily influenced by his own last outing, Macbeth, Justin Kurzel sticks to his strengths as a...
X Men Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse – Review

Singer jumps at this second chance to establish the characters he first brought to the screen 16 years ago, unleashing new powers and revisiting old stories with typical invention. This is when he and the film...
Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs – LFF Review

What Steve Jobs does best is selling the vision of Steve Jobs. A carnivorous, heartless ego has never looked more appealing or lonely. Fassbender is supreme, bristling with authority and an unquenchable...

Slow West – Review

Despite getting off to a slow (wahey!) start, Slow West picks up pace as it craftily builds its world, tone and characters to culminate in a pulsating and well-earned finale. That Slow West is the...